The plot was not at all what I had expected. I don't usually like travel montages but in Stardust it worked. There were no long and drawn out explanations of walking through the mountains, everything was handles with such brevity. But brevity was the name of the game for this story. Many characters and storylines were only around for brief periods and if you blinked you would miss them. Throughout most of the story these all seem like they are all unconnected but by the end it all makes sense and Gaiman brilliantly weaves the stories together in a way that is interesting and fun.
By the end I was completely entertained and enjoyed the book so much more than I thought. It felt to me a lot like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. It had the same tone and dry British sense of humor.
Perhaps the best part was that the audiobook was narrated by Mr. Gaiman himself. That is one of my favorite things about audiobooks, when the authors narrate them. You get such a pure representation of the story and they deliver everything in a tone that you know it's exactly how it was intended.
I would have liked a little more action and world-building. My main criticism is that while there were moments that were action-packed and exciting it was the most thrilling fantasy story. Maybe it was because most of the other books I read this month were full of action and surprises but the plot of Stardust didn't make it much of a page-turner. But it was a very well-balanced story and was lighthearted, mysterious, and full of adventure.
I give Stardust a 7 out of 10
I recommend Stardust for someone who does not usually read Fantasy stories. It's a good introduction to the genre and won't get you bogged down in complicated magical systems, If you are a big fan of Fantasy maybe Stardust is not for you, If you've read Stardust what are your thoughts? Have you read anything else by Niel Gaiman, should I give a different book a try? Leave me a comment with your thoughts and Happy Reading!